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Chopin Etude Op 10 No.4 Valentina Lisitsa

quotation: You see things; and you say “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say “Why not?” George Bernard Shaw


You see things; and you say “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say “Why not?”

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Discuss

The Air That I Breath – The Hollies: make music part of your life series


The Air That I Breath – The Hollies

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This song was a major hit for The Hollies in early 1974, reaching number two in the U.K.. In the summer of 1974, the song reached number six in the United States on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number three on the Adult Contemporary chart.[2] In Canada, the song peaked at number five on the RPM Magazine charts. The audio engineering for “The Air That I Breathe” was done by Alan Parsons.

“The Air That I Breathe”
Song by Albert Hammond from the album It Never Rains in Southern California
Released 1972
Genre Soft rock
Length 3:40
Label Mums Records 31905
Writer Albert Hammond, Mike Hazlewood
Producer Albert Hammond, Don Altfeld
“The Air That I Breathe”
Single by The Hollies
B-side “No More Riders”
Released UK: January 1974
US: March 1974
Genre Soft rock
Length 4:13
Label UK: Polydor 2058435
US: Epic 5-11100
The Hollies singles chronology
“The Day That Curly Billy Shot Down Crazy Sam Mcgee”
(1973)
“The Air That I Breathe”
(1974)
Son of a Rotten Gambler
(1974)

“Evil Ways” is a song by Santana from their 1969 album Santana


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Evil Ways” is a song by Santana from their 1969 album Santana. It was written by Clarence (Sonny) Henry and recorded by jazz percussionist Willie Bobo in 1968 on his album of the same name. The song is in simple verse form. Next year it was recorded by Santana.

Released as a single in late 1969, it became the band’s first top forty and top ten hit in the U.S., peaking at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Gregg Rolie performs the lead vocals and plays a Hammond organ solo in the middle section. The double-time coda includes a guitar solo performed by Carlos Santana.

“Evil Ways” is about a girl who is spiteful. “You’ve got to change your evil ways, baby/Before I stop lovin’ you.” She tries to make her boyfriend jealous by associating with her friends. “You hangin’ ’round, baby/With Jean and Joan and-a who-knows-who.”

Some radio stations play edit versions of the song, cutting a few bars from the introduction, parts of the organ instrumental portion in the middle, and the coda, shortening the guitar improvisation by fading the song out earlier, part of this reason is to make it more for AM radio use, than for progressive rock use.

Lyrics:

You’ve got to change your evil ways, baby,
before I stop lovin’ you.
You’ve got to change, baby,
and every word that I say is true.
You got me runnin’ and hidin’ all over town,
you got me sneakin’ and a-peepin’ and runnin’ you down.
This can’t go on, Lord knows you got to change, baby.

When I come home, baby,
my house is dark and my pots are cold.
You’re hangin’ round, baby,
with Jean and Joan and-a who knows who.
I’m gettin’ tried of waitin’ and foolin’ around,
I’ll find somebody who won’t make me feel like a clown.
This can’t go on, Lord knows you got to change, baby.

When I come home, baby,
my house is dark and my pots are cold.
You’re hangin’ round, baby,
with Jean and Joan and-a who knows who.
I’m gettin’ tried of waitin’ and foolin’ around,
I’ll find somebody who won’t make me feel like a clown.
This can’t go on, Lord knows you got to change, baby.

 

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The Doors – Light My Fire



Light My Fire” is a song originally performed by The Doors which was recorded in August 1966 and released the first week of January 1967. It spent three weeks at #1 on the Billboard’s Hot 100, and one week on the Cashbox Top 100. It was re-released in 1968, peaking at #87. The song was largely written by Robby Krieger, and credited to the entire band. A live version was released in 1983 on their album Alive, She Cried, the first of several live or compilation albums released in subsequent decades to include the song.

“Light My Fire” also achieved modest success in Australia, where it peaked at #22 on the ARIA chart. The single originally reached #49 in the UK in 1967, but experienced belated success in that country in 1991 when a re-issue peaked at #7. The re-issue occurred on the back of revived interest in the band following Oliver Stone‘s film biopic “The Doors”. The single has been certified in 1967 a gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.

The song is #35 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.It was also included in the Songs of the Century list and was ranked number 7 in VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of All Time list.

 

One Tin Soldier – The Legend of Billy Jack



One Tin Soldier” is a 60s era anti-war song written by Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter. The Canadian pop group Original Caste first recorded the song in 1969. The track briefly reached limited popularity locally and reached Number 34 on the American pop charts in early 1970.

“One Tin Soldier” tells the abstract story of a hidden treasure and two neighboring peoples, the Mountain People and the Valley People. The Valley People are aware of a treasure on the mountain, buried under a stone; they send a message to the Mountain People demanding those riches. When told they can share the treasure, the Valley People instead decided to take it all by force. After killing all the Mountain People, the victors move the stone and find nothing more than a simple message: “Peace on Earth.” Ironically, the valley people destroyed the treasure in pursuit of it.

The Billy Jack connection:
Jinx Dawson of the band Coven sang the song at a 1971 session with the film’s orchestra as part of the soundtrack for the Warner Brothers movie Billy Jack. Jinx asked that her band, Coven, be listed on the recording and film, not her name as a solo artist. This Warner release, titled as “One Tin Soldier: The Legend of Billy Jack,” reached #17 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in fall 1971, only to be pulled from the charts as it was moving up by the Billy Jack film producers due to legal squabbles over the rights to the recording. The full Coven band then reluctantly re-recorded the song for their MGM album. Thus the MGM album containing a second version of this song displayed their whited-out faces on the cover, contrived again by the film’s producer Tom Laughlin. The recording then hit the charts again in both 1973 and 1974 near the end of the Vietnam War and the release of the film The Trial of Billy Jack. The Coven recording was named Number One All Time Requested Song in 1971 and 1973 by the American Radio Broadcasters Association. A slightly different version recorded by Guy Chandler (titled “One Tin Soldier (The Legend of Billy Jack)”) charted in summer 1973 (Wikipedia).

 

All My Loving – The Beatles


“All My Loving” is a song by The Beatles, written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon/McCartney), from the 1963 album With The Beatles. Though it was not released as a single in the United Kingdom or the United States, it drew considerable radio airplay, prompting EMI to issue it as the title track of an EP. The song was released as a single in Canada, where it became a number one hit. The Canadian single was imported into the US in enough quantities to peak at number 45 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 1964.

According to journalist Bill Harry, McCartney wrote the lyrics while shaving, though McCartney told biographer Barry Miles that he wrote them while on a tour bus. He also said, “It was the first song I’d ever written the words first. I never wrote words first, it was always some kind of accompaniment. I’ve hardly ever done it since either.” The lyrics follow the “letter song” model as used on “P.S. I Love You,” the B-side of their first single. After arriving at the location of the gig, he wrote the music on a piano backstage.

McCartney originally envisioned it as a country & western song, and George Harrison added a Nashville-style guitar solo. John Lennon’s rhythm guitar track uses quickly strummed triplets similar to “Da Doo Ron Ron” by The Crystals, a song that was popular at the time.

Lennon expressed his esteem for the song in his 1980 Playboy interview:
” LENNON:”All My Loving” is Paul, I regret to say. Ha ha ha.

PLAYBOY: Why?

LENNON: Because it’s a damn good piece of work….But I play a pretty mean guitar in back.

The Beatles recorded the song on 30 July 1963 in eleven takes with three overdubs. The master take was take fourteen overdubbed on take eleven. It was remixed on 21 August (mono) and 29 October (stereo).

A slightly longer stereo edition of the song, featuring a hi-hat percussion introduction not found on the common stereo or mono mixes was released in Germany and the Netherlands in 1965 on a compilation album entitled Beatles’ Greatest.

The song was used twice in films by the group – it plays in the background at the end of the nightclub scene in A Hard Day’s Night (though without the drum opening and the coda), while an instrumental version appears in the movie Magical Mystery Tour.

According to Alan Weiss, a TV producer who happened to be there, “All My Loving” was playing on the sound system at Roosevelt Hospital emergency room when Lennon was pronounced dead after being shot on 8 December 1980.

“All My Loving” has been praised by multiple critics. Ian MacDonald said, “The innocence of early Sixties British pop is perfectly distilled in the eloquent simplicity of this number” and described the song as helping McCartney be seen as more of an equal to Lennon. Richie Unterberger of Allmusic said it “was arguably the best LP-only track The Beatles did before 1964” and that if it was released as a single in America it would have been a huge hit.

Personnel * Paul McCartney — double-tracked vocal, bass * John Lennon — backing vocal, rhythm guitar * George Harrison — backing vocal, lead guitar * Ringo Starr — drums * George Martin — producer * Norman Smith — engineer

In live performances, George Harrison joined Paul McCartney on lead vocal for the verse following the guitar solo in order to better reproduce the double tracked McCartney vocal heard in the LP version.